​Hey! 

So my absence has no reason really. I've been very busy and I'm still very busy. College applications and SAT is my number one priority. Being president in various committees takes a lot of effort and time, so I've been doing that. My SAT is okay. I did the math (no calc) section like yesterday and got a 23/25, not too bad. I was reading through my blog and it's quite interesting to see when my SAT math sucked. It's nice to see progress! My SAT score has risen too, but it's still not high enough. Oh, and remember that super good teacher I was talking about? Yeah, she's teaching me now and I love her. Unfortunately she's pregnant and will be leaving soon, but I'm so glad I got to know her for some weeks. I'll probably ask for a recommendation letter from her since I need one from a teacher teaching one of the core subjects. 

Not that much to say, bye!

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​Forgot to mention my SAT score! I got an average score around 50%. My best score was Critical Reading, which came as a surprise to me and the worst was writing, no surprise. Don't really know how to feel. Just know that I need to study for the next test.

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​This is a letter to a good teacher.

A good teacher is, according to me; someone who understands and makes time for the student. Of course the teaching part is important too but so is the bond between the student and the teacher. Today I spoke to a good teacher. She doesn't teach me in any subject yet but she took the time to meet me and talk about the course and other stuff. I could just tell her genuine interest and kindness and it felt so good. So good to finally get a teacher who truly cares about the students academics and life. I felt like I'd visited heaven after the meeting because that's how rare good teachers are. In my current school I can honestly say that I've had one good teacher out of ten, and it saddens me. A teacher is everything to the course and it matters so much. I can't wait until next year when she teaches me. 


To all good teachers; thank you.

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​So my first SAT is tomorrow. I'm a bit nervous, but at the same time I've accepted the fact that I probably won't get a good score the first time. I've been studying like crazy; doing the Blue Book, Barrons and Khan Academy. School also started and I have a whole course exam - which is an exam that allows me to eliminate one course in order for me to go on to the next one - in two weeks. Oh, I'm also training gymnastics on Wednesday and my gymnastics team on Saturdays so I'm juggling many things at once. To be honest, I've tried to cope with it in a way where I'm thinking of it as a test to test my time management, white fun huh. I wanna do well on everything which is a itsy tiny bit of the reason why I'm stressed. 


Recap:

- Pray I'll do fairly well on my SATs.

- Pray I'll nail my WCE(Whole Course Exam).

- Pray I'll survive.

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This is just an update from my previous math-rage post... I've come to the conclusion that the arithmetic was the most frustrating part, although I'm still struggling a bit, the rest is going... better.

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​Literally.


I'm currently studying the math section of the SAT and never felt so frustrated. There are so many new things that I'm learning and it's stressing me out. I thought the SAT was a test to test your current knowledge. But as I'm doing some practice questions I don't understand anything. American math is so different from Swedish, and I know that by experience. The thought process is different and so are the techniques. I went to an English school before, and the math was so different compared to what I do now. It was very confusing in the start, but now I'm used to it; but taking this step again in and adapting to the "American math" in some weeks is too much. I feel like I don't understand anything and simply feel stupid. My mentality is that I'm going to get really bad scores and my plan, everything besides the testing skills that I've built up and worked for will be thrown into the bin.



​My stream of consciousness of the day :)

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Thinking, fast and slow - Daniel Kahneman

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Pride and Prejduice - Jane Austen

Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer

Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

1984 - George Orwell

Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

Dirty Pretty Things - Michael Faduet

; (Semicolon) - x q

All The Things I Never Said - Mae Krell

I Wrote This for You: Just the Words - pleasefindthis

Lullabies and Love & Misadventure - Lang Leav

Curious - Ian Leslie


Currently dying to read these books when I get the time. 

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​I guess I can say that I don't have too much pressure from people around me. Of course my parents wants me to get high grades and all that, but they aren't super strict about it. My main pressure comes from myself. Never ever in a thousand years would I show anything below C to my parents. Luckily I didn't get anything below C but that's because I wouldn't be able to live with myself. Mhm okay, let's not be too dramatic. But I really do care about my grades and right now, I don't settle with anything except for an A. Last year I got two C's, three B's and four A's, converting it to the American grading system would give me seven A's and two B's, not sure about the +- system. I'd say they are decent, but I believe that I can do better.

Although I said that my parent's don't put too much pressure on me, they still kinda do. Just this morning they told me that a student from some city in China got accepted to Harvard(congrats!), and I guess they were trying to hint something. Honestly, I don't think they have too much faith in me... It sounds quite sad but I think it's true. They know that not anyone can get into an ivy league and for their daughter to be accepted seems like it's out of this world. I've overheard them talking about it an it makes me sad, but at the same time it is nice to know that it's okay for me to get rejected. So scared of rejection, I'll make a blogpost about that. 

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​Is that they are ​so ​demanding. So let me tell you briefly about them. 

For every course there are around five criterias that you have to fulfill, it ranges from F,E,C,A. You can not get a D or B on one criteria. Your grade is then based on which criterias you've fulfilled on which levels, nothing strange right? Here comes to big but. Reaching an A on a course would mean that you have to have every single criteria on A. I.e if you have A, A, A, A, E your final grade will be a D. 


Lovely.

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​SAT. Right now I'm studying for my SATs which takes place on January 23. I don't know what to expect since this is an American designed test and the vocab does not exist in my world. I bought two practice books which my friend in UPenn recommended, Barrons & College Board. The place-word-into-sentence part did not go very well. I understood 30% of the words and I'm 99% the rest doesn't exist in the English language. Let me throw out some examples:

- Olfactory (????)

- Protozoan (This sounds science-ish)

- Caricature (I can't)

- Eclectic (Political reference maybe??)

Yeah, I love vocab.

I'm currently practicing on the passage-based reading section and it's not too bad. I'm starting to get the hang of it and I actually feel like I understand what I'm answering. Ah, the struggles of being an international applicant. Honestly I'm quite annoyed with the SATs. Dear US government, Obama, future president etc. p l e a s e design a test with an utilitarian mindset, I'm struggling. For the sake of complaint, I hate the SAT II or the SAT Subject test. I can almost guarantee that no country in the world except the US actually has a course named US History. I have to take two subject tests but I don't know which. What does Mathematics 1/2 mean? What is literature? What is "World History"? What is your level in Chemistry/Bio/Physics? What is the US equivalent level to the Swedish one? I am so lost. 

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